Verbier is one of Europe's meccas for off-piste riding and combines serious skiing with serious chic, the town itself is pretty and has managed to retain much of its character and charm. Combined with its vibrant nightlife, it is one the hotspots of the Alps.

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Verbier Resort in the Swiss Alps

The resort itself is made up of chalet-style buildings. Hotels are expensive but there are more affordable B&B options in Le Châble. If you choose to stay further away from the Place Centrale and the main drag, there's a free bus system that will get you about easily enough.

Off piste

The 4 Vallées ski area is one of the largest in the world linking Verbier to Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon. Although some of the pistes could be considered to be somewhat limited and overcrowded, Verbier offers a huge variety of off-piste terrain that attracts freeriders from all over the world. Major freeride competitions are held there each year and powder, cliffs and natural hits are all easily accessible.

The slopes

If you prefer to stay on-piste, head to Savoleyres to avoid the crowds but for more experienced skiers looking for drops and couloirs head to the Verbier/Mont Fort area at 3300m. If it's tree skiing you're after, then Bruson is definitely the area to head to.

Après-ski

Verbier's party scene is something to be reckoned with. From dancing on tables at the award-winning Farinet, to the classic Mont Fort and Fer à Cheval, although expensive, you're guaranteed to have a good time. There's also a wide selection of restaurants to choose from but if you're on a budget or prefer cooking at home, there's a Migros down from the main roundabout.